Review: Everless

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Everless by Sara Holland is one of the most unique fantasy worlds that I have read in quite a while and is a stunning debut by Holland. In the kingdom of Sempera, time… Continue reading

Book Review: In Other Lands

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Elliot Schafer was 13 when his French teacher took a handful of students on a field trip to an actual field.  Not very exciting, but in that field was a wall that none… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2017 Fiction Favorites

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I have the same problem with fiction as I do with nonfiction. I like to read almost anything, though I must admit that my favorite genre is anything speculative.  See, even there I… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2017 Favorite Nonfiction

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Ever since I was young, I have liked reading popular science books, especially on biology and zoology, as well as history and other social studies topics. I would always have read books on… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2017 Favorite Picture Books and Graphic Novels

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At the end of the year, my thoughts always turn to the people on the children’s book award committees—partly because I’m really jealous of them. Jealous that they get to pick the books… Continue reading

From 2 to Infinity: Writing by the Numbers: A Guest Post from Author John David Anderson

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We librarians at Mackin are much better at words than numbers. Having divided the nonfiction subjects and fiction genres between us, we read and evaluate only books in our areas. Math is always… Continue reading

Book Review: The Wolf Hour

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A girl. A wolf. A witch. A woods. It is a story we know well, or at least, we think we do. Sara Lewis Holmes’ The Wolf Hour takes the old fairy tales,… Continue reading

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History : Contest Closed

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Thank you, Karen Blumenthal, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read Too Much Research? Today we are excited to offer two lucky… Continue reading

Too Much Research?: A Guest Post from Author Karen Blumenthal

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We at Mackin love nonfiction—grown-up books, of course, but especially those written for children and young people. It seems that authors who write for younger readers find such little-known and often, well, ODD… Continue reading

Saving the Wolves

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The return of 14 gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after a 70-year absence was controversial, but I was too busy raising my boys to pay much attention to the dispute… Continue reading